Tuesday, May 19, 2009


There’s no such thing. There is simply no such thing as degradating the system. The system may degrade, or may suffer from degradation, but it cannot become degradated. No. It’s just not a word, at least not in English. And for some reason, it really drives me up the wall when people use it.

Hey, I’m all for making up words, but this one is just plain annoying, especially when it is said with such assurance. Example:

Coworker #1: So where are we with the testing portion?
Coworker #2: Almost there, but I’m certain this will cause the system to become degradated.
Coworker #3: (Sighs.)
Coworker #1: Really? It sounds feasible and there really shouldn’t be any issues with service.
Coworker #2: No, I’m sure we will be working with a degradated system.
Coworker #1: Have you even done any preliminary testing?
Coworker #2: I will, but that will definitely degradate the system.
Coworker #3: (Slams hands on desk and stands up.) Cripes criminy! “Degradate” is not a freakin’ word! (Hurls ergonomically designed stapler across the room in a fit of pique and stomps out of the office.)

That was my afternoon. How are you?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are my hero. I just had to put the smackdown on my officemate for doing that same thing.